How to make a gin infusion

There’s a special day that takes place every year that we are totally on board with. The 9th of June is celebrated as World Gin Day and this year we’re infusing a special gin for you to enjoy this coming weekend.

For a limited time and while stocks last, this coming weekend we are offering our special The Tack Room infused gin with flavours of grapefruit, pomegranate and rosemary added to one of our favourite tipples and left to blend together.

Did You Know?

At The Tack Room we have 22 different gins for you to choose from in our bar as well as seven different tonics. Let us help you find the perfect combination to sip on a sunny day in our terrace area.

 

In case you were wondering how it’s done it’s actually really simple and definitely worth trying at home. Perhaps you will be inspired to give it a try after tasting our special blend this weekend.

Here are the simple steps to follow if you want to infuse your own gin.

Step 1 – Get Gin.

This part is the most strenuous of the entire process. It involves a walk around your local supermarket to find a gin to use for the entire process. It doesn’t have to be an expensive gin as you are going to be enhancing the flavour profile. You also want to avoid any of the gins that already boast a strong botanical profile. We opted for a London Dry Gin as our go to.

Step 2 – The Flavours

Here’s the fun part, decide which flavours you want to add to your gin. As we mentioned before, we’ve taken grapefruit (which pairs so well with our Goldberg Yuzu tonic by the way) and pomegranates and added a sprig of rosemary into each bottle at the end and left it to infuse into the gin.

There’s no exact science here and you really can let your imagination run wild when it comes to coming up with flavour combinations. The possibilities are endless really.

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Step 3 – The Wait

This is the boring step in the entire process. You wait. And wait. And then wait a bit more. We’ve gone to the fridge a couple of times to check on progress but just staring at the bottle is no fun. Although watching the gin turn pink (thanks to the pomegranates) has provided a talking point in the bar.

Step 4 – The Taste Test

This is the best part. The tasting! This is when your patience, a week feels like a lifetime in the gin infusion process, is rewarded and you can finally add a shot of your new blend over ice and sit back and sip it. A recommended serving suggestion here is a big glass with loads of ice, pour the gin, add tonic and garnish with a slice of grapefruit and a few Juniper berries.

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Keen to give this a try? Let us know how you get on with your own gin infusion by sharing your pictures with us on our social media channels. Tweet us here, tell us on Facebook here or tag us in your Instagram pictures here.

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A tea party to celebrate Suffolk Day 2018!

If there’s one thing that we know our customers love, it’s a good cup of tea. Which is why it made sense for us to put on a special Twinings tea tasting event as part of the celebrations for Suffolk Day this year. 

On the 21st of June, certified tea specialist Lucy Chappell will offer some insight into the history of tea as well as the special links this brew has to Suffolk all while hopefully soaking up some sunshine in the Rothschild Yard at Palace House. We’re holding thumbs that the weather is great but we also have a back up plan just in case. 

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There will be three different time slots on the day with the highlight being the afternoon ‘High Tea’ and tasting at 4pm and guests will be able to enjoy some of the classic favourites as well as some of the newer blends.

11am – £5 and includes a selection of pastries and tea tasting.

12.30pm – £10 and includes finger sandwiches, cream tea and tea tasting.

4pm – £15 and includes ‘Afternoon High Tea’ and tea tasting.

We’re taking bookings for this great afternoon out and you can secure your seat by calling us at The Tack Room on 01638 666390 or by emailing us by clicking here.

In case you’re wondering what Suffolk Day is all about, it’s a celebration to recognise many of the iconic attractions, landscapes, events and things that all make the county a great place to be and was kickstarted in 2016 with help from the County Council, Mark Murphy of BBC Radio Suffolk and a number of other stakeholders.

For more information on Suffolk Day you can head to the official website (add link). 

It just so happens that Suffolk Day also falls on the same day as the Summer Solstice and is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. It also means that Summer has officially started which has us excited for afternoons and evenings on our terrace.

Did You Know that here at The Tack Room we have 12 different loose-leaf teas for you to enjoy?

Our Breakfast Tea, Earl of Grey, Dragonwell and Mojito Mint are hugely popular but we also have Girlie Grey, Smokey Russian Caravan, Afternoon Blend, China Jasmine, Chamomile Blossoms, African Rooibos, Detox and Red Berry Burst for you to enjoy.

If you’re on social media we’d love to hear from you. Feel free to tag us in your pictures when visiting The Tack Room. We’re on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and we do love seeing your likes, shares and retweets. You can find our Instagram account here, our Twitter page here, add link and our Facebook page here.